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L.A. TIMES: BRAZILIANS SWEEP GOLD MEDAL GAMES

By Alex Schultz


American teams had a chance to sweep the gold medal games at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, but they were ultimately no match for their Brazilian foes.

Second-seeded Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt won the men’s bracket with a hard-fought 21-16, 20-22, 15-13 victory against Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. The score was 9-9 in the third set before Cerutti and Schmidt were able to put some distance between themselves and their opponents.

“They’re good,” Lucena said. “They’ve been playing at a high level; they don’t make too many mistakes. Great blocking, great defense. You’ve got to play perfect to beat them.”

The first-place finish for the Brazilian duo was their fourth in a row on the World Tour. The last time that happened was in 2010, when Dalhausser and Todd Rogers did it.

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